North Kinsman and South Kinsman Trail via Lonesome Lake and Appalachian Trail

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North Kinsman and South Kinsman Trail via Lonesome Lake and Appalachian Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3290 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

This trail will bring you past Lonesome Lake in an old glacial cirque, past Kinsman Pond to the Kinsman Peaks which are the highest in the range. Kinsman is an open summit offering good views but North Kinsman is wooded with some views to the east. This hike is the quickest and easiest way to get to both peaks in one hike. Park in the Lafayette Campground. Take the Lonesome Lake Trail north and turn left in the Cascade Brook trail until you reach the Lonesome Lake Hut (Operated by the AMC). You may want to rest there, and you can grab a snack, juice, or tea for a few bucks. Continue up into the Fishing Jimmy trail. At the four way intersection you want to continue north (left would take you to the shelter, and right would take you to Cannon Mountain (another popular destination)). Soon you will reach North Kinsman. You have to step east a few feet into the view to take pictures of the White Mountains. Continue the trail to South Kinsman. Retrace to return to your car. Some people combine this hike with Cannon Mountain into a longer hike. You can also do it as a backpack if you stay at the Kinsman shelter.

9 hours ago

Very strenuous but the lakes and view from South Kinsman is totally worth it. I would suspect really slippery if raining.

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5 days ago

Added Kinsman Pond Trail and Cascade Brooke (back to Lonesome Lake) to this hike. Challenging with slippery rocks, but beautiful hike.

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5 days ago

Nice hike but you never know that you’re on North Kinsman but the lookout was nice, and South Kinsman has an open summit and a nice size cairn marking the summit. The hike in was socked in but the hike out the clouds had lifted.

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1 month ago

really nice. a few steep spots, but not bad. the summits aren't marked so just follow white blaze until cairn at south kinsman.

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1 month ago

Took Lonesome Lake to Fishin' Jimmy to Kinsman Ridge out and instead of Fishin' Jimmy, took Kinsman Pond. Solid hike with nice views at North and South Kinsman summits.

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1 month ago

Took the AP. Trail up to North and South Kinsman, didn't care much for the view at South peak but North peak is great. Has a fantastic view of Franconia ridge. Than I accidentally took the wrong turn and went over the Cannon Balls. Little bit more elevation gain and a longer route back to my vehicle.

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2 months ago

Summited both Kinsmans via Fishin' Jimmy and Kinsman Ridge Trails. On the way down, we decided to continue along Kinsman Ridge Trail, over the Cannon Balls and on to summit Cannon.

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2 months ago

Ascended north peak from cannon mountain via the cannon balls and crossed the ridge in order to reach the south peak. The cannon balls required a great deal of scrambling and the ridge trail consisted of a lot of ups and downs for the majority of the miles. We took the steep and tricky fishin' jimmy trail down to lonesome lake trail and were glad for the quick descent it allowed us to make. I recommend stopping at the lonesome lake hut on the way down for water and refueling.

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